Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have filed a federal lawsuit to bar the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement from enforcing new guidelines preventing international students from attending US colleges and universities offering online-only courses.

Stakeholders have reacted in shock to the new guidelines that would mandate that international students transfer to an institution offering in-person instruction or risk “immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings”.

“The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness”

The guidelines were released mere hours after Harvard announced it would house no more than 40% of undergraduates and would hold all college classes online in the fall.

Read more : Kerrie Kennedy : The PIE News : 08 July 2020